How Does Post-Acute Care Help With Respiratory Issues?

Respiratory issues are never a fun thing to go through. They cause significant stress on our bodies and minds; while limiting our abilities to do the things we love to do. According to the American Lung Association, nearly 37 million Americans live with chronic lung diseases like asthma and COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Fortunately, post-acute care can help people suffering from these issues.

South Coast Post Acute is one of southern California’s leading post-acute facilities ready to partner with you in your respiratory care. It’s never easy managing a chronic health condition, but our skilled staff will be there to guide you every step of the way. Read our blog post below to learn how post-acute care can help with respiratory issues. 

What are Considered Respiratory Issues?

Many types of lung diseases can cause chronic respiratory conditions. Chronic respiratory disease affects millions of people in the United States alone. It can be difficult to say how many people have lung diseases overall because these diseases are grouped into specific conditions. Many genetic and environmental factors can lead to respiratory problems, but smoking is the top preventable cause of many conditions. 

The most common respiratory issues include:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Tuberculosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Emphysema

Technology is Leading the Way for Post-Acute Respiratory Care

According to The Journal of Healthcare Contracting, respiratory therapy continues to advance at the speed of technology across the healthcare continuum. Clinicians in a post-acute care setting are called upon to manage ventilators to improve patients’ quality of life and assist breathing; monitor high-flow oxygen systems to make it easier to breathe; administer medications; perform chest physiotherapy; and a variety of other highly specialized techniques using advanced technologies.

As the baby boomer generation continues to grow older and require specialized care, specialists are recognizing respiratory therapy as resource-intensive and requiring a specialized skill set from practitioners. Having the technology and resources at one’s disposal will help improve patient outcomes, enhance satisfaction, and create new opportunities for interprofessional collaboration. 

Post-Acute Care Emphasizes Quality First for Respiratory Issues

Quality should be the top concern for any healthcare practice. Communities must be able to treat efficiently, prevent rehospitalizations as much as possible, and facilitate a safe and effective transition to the next level of care. When it comes to respiratory conditions, you need to develop a road map for each patient to determine how you will give them the care they need to live a healthy life. 

Physical Activity Can Help With Your Respiratory Issues

Even if you’re experiencing chronic respiratory conditions like COPD, you can still partake in regular exercise. In fact, it can help alleviate the effects of some conditions. It’s important to note that you need to talk with your doctor before you start or make changes to your exercise routine. If approved, moderate exercise can improve many things, including:

  • The body’s use of oxygen
  • Energy levels
  • Anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Sleep
  • Self-esteem
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Muscle strength
  • Shortness of breath

South Coast Post Acute is Southern California’s Premier Post-Acute Partner

At South Coast Post Acute, we are committed to providing excellent services for our clients to ensure an effective recovery with a low chance of rehospitalization. We are passionately dedicated to providing the quality of service and care you come to expect from southern California’s leading post-acute care provider. 

Through our innovative care and dedicated, experienced staff, we strive to provide the best patient care with a focus on reducing your length of stay when possible and preventing 30-day rehospitalizations. Contact us today to learn how we can help you on your journey back to full health.

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